Consider this a read-along, ride-along blog about the ultimate road trip: down the entire Pan-American Highway. That drive inspired my latest memoir The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan-American Highway — on sale everywhere June 13th from Seal Press, a Hachette Book Group company.
Following the blog won’t spoil the book for you. Each post is bonus material that didn’t fit in the print or audio version — photos from my pro-cinematographer husband, maps, quips, mishaps and revelations. Since blogs didn’t exist during my first (1973) and second (2003) journey down the Pan-American, I’m titling each post Drive Day X minus 14 years — sort of a retrospective road trip reboot. Hitch a ride with me; you don’t even have to pitch in for gas!
In addition to blogging, I write screenplays and non-fiction. My first book was a collaboration with my photographer-husband Gary Geboy. I wrote the narrative for his “Transfer of Grace: Images of the South Carolina Lowcountry,” published by Joggling Board Press. My second book, also with JBP, was “The Other Mother: a rememoir” and is available on Amazon, through the publisher and on Audible.
25 thoughts on “About”
March 2, 2010 at 12:24 PM
August 12, 2010 at 6:46 AM
Thanks you married lady you. Glad you found your “Duncan.”
April 4, 2017 at 7:58 PM
I wish you would get in contact with me so that I could tell Nellie Darlene Ashbaugh died.
March 12, 2010 at 10:22 AM
Looking forward to learning more about Byrne’s and your insights. Congratulations, Teresa!
August 12, 2010 at 6:46 AM
I just figured out that the about page held comments too…thanks so much for the words of encouragement 🙂
April 6, 2010 at 3:25 PM
Consider me intrigued. I look forward to your future posts.
July 28, 2010 at 8:05 AM
Byrne “adopted” me and my daughters in the mid 70’s in Beaufort. We would spend Sundays with her and Duncan, smelling her glorious newly baked bread and hearing stories. Byrne was then teaching movement in the elementary schools as part pf a grant and I would watch her and marvel at her ability to reach all sorts of children. Only later, doing research for a Masters degree did I discover how valuable those movements were for children to learn to read. She was indeed ahead of her time!
August 12, 2010 at 6:43 AM
thanks Betty – just figured out where your comments were hiding – the about page 🙂 I’m pretty new to blogging so I’m learning as I go.
I’m doing a presentation on Byrne for the Beaufort Three Century Project and I’d love to meet up with you in the next few weeks to take some notes on what you remember of her impact in the schools.
July 29, 2010 at 7:23 AM
I am waiting for the book on Byrne Miller. She had much to say and it will wonderful to hear what you retained of what she said. I kept so few and all from the 60s and early 70s. Hope to see the book out!
August 12, 2010 at 6:44 AM
Thanks Ben. I’ll be sure to let everybody know the minute I hear good news.
August 11, 2010 at 5:45 PM
This last entry about jealousy is wonderful! I guess I never listened to her closely enough as I was caught up in “my” world. She was such a confident, elegant person. From your last entry I know why she didn’t comment much about a guy I married right before I left Beaufort. Or one I brought back here to meet her years later. I really wish I could have connected with her more. What a teacher!
August 12, 2010 at 6:45 AM
Too funny… just like she refused to call any of my boyfriends by their real names. She was waiting for our “Duncans” to come along!
August 13, 2010 at 12:07 PM
I’d like to meet you also. Let me know when and I’ll see if I can make it. I have two short trips coming up but I’ll be home in between. I’m fairly open!
August 30, 2010 at 3:49 PM
Hey, Teresa, the book that reminds me of Byrne is Thinking Goes to School, Piaget’s Theory in Practice by Hans G. Furth and Harry Wachs. It was published in 1975 and I read it after I had worked with Byrne. What foresight she had! What a gift she was to the children with whom she worked!
September 24, 2010 at 8:09 AM
What a gift to have stumbled upon your blog celebrating this amazing woman!
October 7, 2010 at 8:09 AM
I’d rather watch a dance or “do a dance” than yoga, so I’m glad to see the photographs of Byrne and read your commentary.
January 14, 2011 at 9:24 AM
Hello – I “found” you via a Lowcountry Weekly Facebook memntion – I enjoyed reading your recent postings and I’m looking forward to more. – I also visited Gary’s “carry me home” project – does he have any other internet presense?
January 15, 2011 at 12:17 PM
Thanks for reading along. Byrne is a fascinating character to write about and I can’t help thinking of her as I go through life in South Carolina (and other places) You can subscribe (RSS) to get notified when I update the blog, and you can see more of Gary’s work at this site:
February 13, 2011 at 11:31 PM
Thank you for screening BRIGHT, and for giving it kind notice in review. I wrote the script to be very tight without telling much, and it is especially pleasing to have a screenwriter watch critically for how it reads. I hope that I get to meet you down there. You will be able to see the final cut with completed color timing if you can make it to the theater on Friday. It is much better than the working copy you have viewed. Again, on behalf of everyone who rallied to make BRIGHT, my thanks to you for holding us to the sun.
March 13, 2013 at 4:39 PM
Love it. Love you. Love the saying “dance out loud.” I’m coming back to this blog as often as I can! xo
January 7, 2014 at 9:53 AM
My name is Alex and I just had a quick question about your blog. Please email me back at your earliest convenience!
February 24, 2014 at 10:57 AM
I’m trying to reach you. Have your old address but no phone #. Please e-mail me with number. Best, Gwendolyn
May 5, 2015 at 5:07 PM
We are designing a transit history mural in Portland, OR and want to include a picture of your grandmother, former TriMet board member, Nellie Fox-Edwards. I found your site while researching, by any chance is she still alive? Would you mind if we use the image posted on your site?
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May 6, 2015 at 10:56 AM
Absolutely and yes, she is alive and well at 91 years old. She lives at an independent living facility in Hillsboro and I’d be happy to provide more photos or contact info. The mural sounds fabulous and I’m sure she’d be thrilled. Her work at Tri-Met is something she is so proud of.
June 15, 2015 at 1:09 PM
I am working together with journalist Bill Minor, here in Jackson, on a series of papers for publication in the American Journal of Medicine. These papers focus on how the civil rights movement affected US health policy and, in particular, health policy for impoverished minorities. Bill has a copy of the photograph your husband took of him and Robert Kennedy in a Delta shack, which was a gift to Bill. It is on your blog here. We would like to use that photograph and the photograph of Marian Wright he took in our paper. We are hoping that you would give us the rights to use this without expense, as I am doing this as a professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Could you give us some details as how to best proceed? My email address is email@example.com